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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

Animal Encounters

Weekdays, unscheduled.

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily – you never know who you’ll see. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we’re giving weekday Animal Encounters at unscheduled times in the theater. Pop in and see who’s there!

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
with animals.
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Get close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful. In the theater weekdays at unscheduled times to avoid congestion.
Wild Zoo Tour
Walk on the wild side.
Grab your phone or camera and your household and tour the zoo before we open! This unique Zoo For You experience gets you prime animal time, ending with a special animal encounter at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.
Zoo For You

Meet the stars!

Herald
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

Thanksgiving Feast for the Animals

Just as humans get excited for a full plate of food- so do animals. Some of the Zoo’s animals were recently given their own Thanksgiving feast, thanks to the creativity of zookeepers. HeroRATs- mini feast, tiny food The HeroRATs received a festive meal, including pumpkin pie! Staff Biologist Jessie Sutherland and Zoological Aid Natalie Lind … Continued

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Zoolights 2020 kicks off Friday!

Over 700,000 LED lights, new Kraken display, indoor areas closed, buy tickets in advance. The longstanding community tradition of Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium begins this Friday, Nov. 27. The Zoo has transformed into a colorful winter wonderland- with more than 700,000 LED lights now strung across trees, shrubs, pathways and displays. Health … Continued

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Four Continents in One Day

Missing travel? While the coronavirus pandemic has made global vacations more dream than reality, Puget Sound-area folks have an option right on their doorstep: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, where you can surround yourself with plants and animals from around the Pacific Rim. Tigers in lush Asian bamboo, South American rainforest reptiles, Australian amphibians and … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.